Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
An Emmy For WWE, Mike Jackson, The Genius & More
February 7, 2023
Just taking care of business. It’s the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Let’s do this.
Michael Cole said that he feels the Bloodline story is “Emmy worthy” in many ways. Agree or disagree?
I’d agree with Cole on this one. The Bloodline story with Sami has been so well done, with drama, comedy, surprises, and just damn good story-telling, it’s arguably one of the best things in pro wrestling in a long time. Good luck with that Emmy thing though. It will never happen, but it’s a nice thought anyhow.
Allegedly, WWE is planning on letting NXT talents work Indy shows with select promotions. Is this a good idea? Thoughts?
It’s only set to be with Booker T’s promotion, Reality of Wrestling, and not just with any Indy show that happens to come around, but that being said, it is a good idea. Anything that allows the NXT talents to work with a live audience and gain practical experience with a reputable promotion is a good thing in my opinion. It can only make the wrestlers better.
The Big Boss Man versus Vader versus One Man Gang versus Bam Bam Bigelow. Who wins?
I would hope the ring is reinforced for this one because that’s a lot of man meat right there. As for who wins, I would be pulling for the underdog in this one, the man known as The One Man Gang.
Jimmy Valiant & Rufus R. “Freight Train” Jones versus Breezango. Who wins?
Breezango is an amazing team and Tyler Breeze and Fandango are so underrated, it’s almost criminal. This match would be pure comedy from start to finish. And the winners? Boogie and Rufus of course.
Mike Jackson, age 73, still wrestles regularly and recently competed for the Impact Wrestling X-Division Championship. Thoughts?
The man is an amazing freak of nature and a great example of what clean living and hard work can do. He stays in great shape and except for the hair, looks 25 years younger. I remember Jackson in the NWA and early WCW days as one of the top jobbers, usually recognized as, I believe it was the Alabama Junior Heavyweight Champion, but I could be wrong on that. He rarely won, but always had good matches and looked like a million bucks. I’m glad to see him still doing so well.
Fiteful is reporting that Jay White has allegedly signed with WWE and will be joining the company after completing his New Japan dates. Thoughts?
I’m not impressed by this guy from the few times that I’ve watched him wrestle, but he’s supposedly a big-name and talented dude and maybe the matches I saw of him for Impact Wrestling and AEW were just bad nights or lack of motivation. I’m interested in seeing what he’s capable of and how he fits into the WWE. I’m not a fan of his as of yet, but maybe he’ll change my mind.
Leaping Lanny Poffo, aka The Genius, recently passed away. Thoughts and memories of Poffo?
When I think of Poffo, two things immediately come to mind. The first is his role as The Genius in the WWF and how, on an edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event, he beat Hulk Hogan. True, it was a count-out, but he still won and beat Hogan. That was a big deal back then. And the other thing was a worked/shoot angle with Hannibal. Hannibal is a piece of garbage and that whole angle kind of backfired on them both, with Hannibal giving all the blame to Poffo. Hannibal is just a despicable scumbucket and I’m sorry that Poffo was involved with him in any way, shape, or form.
But that being said, Lanny was a good wrestler, had a good character, and was a great heel. The poetry and the frisbees were so unique and clever and worked for him so well as part of his character. Rest in Peace, Lanny Poffo. You will be missed.
Former AWA wrestler Kenny Jay recently passed away. Thoughts?
I remember Kenny Jay from my time doing recaps for PWInsider for AWA Wrestling Classics on ESPN. A typical jobber dude who didn’t stand out much for me, but I do recall the name and when I went back on YouTube to see some matches, I started to remember the person more. He lived his dreams and I’m happy for him for that. Rest in Peace, Kenny Jay.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts, and any questions you may have are welcome and appreciated. And with that, I’m out of here. It’s time to go sit on the phone and wait for an hour and a half to talk to someone at DSS for three minutes. Yeah, my day is already shot to hell. Oy vey! Take care and be well, my friends. I’ll see you at the matches.